2020 Women in Science Symposium

March 03, 2020
12 – 5 p.m.
Canvas Stadium at Colorado State University

The WiSCI network invites all genders, all races, all colors, and all ages to please join us for the 2020 Women in Science Symposium “Building Bridges to the Future” on Tuesday, March 3rd. This year’s symposium will feature NASA astronaut and retired Air Force Colonel, Dr. Yvonne Cagle as keynote speaker. The event will also commemorate Women’s History Month and mark Colorado State University’s sesquicentennial milestone celebration.

The symposium will begin with a poster session, international art exhibit, historical figures in science portrayals, and gallery of Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee portraits. Following Dr. Cagle’s keynote and question & answer session, the symposium will model a Career Issues group, with four short slam talks leading into round table discussion breakout groups.

The symposium is free and open to the public, however please register to attend by March 01, 2020.

Yvonne Cagle

Dr. Yvonne Cagle
NASA Astronaut &
Colonel, USAF, Retired

Dr. Yvonne Cagle is a NASA Astronaut and Family Physician. In 2008 , Dr. Cagle retired as a Colonel in the USAF where she served as a Senior Flight Surgeon prior to her selection to the NASA Astronaut Corp in 1996. In 2005, Dr. Cagle was assigned to the NASA/ARC as the lead ARC Astronaut Science Liaison and Strategic Relationships Manager for Google and other Silicon Valley Programmatic Partnerships. Dr. Cagle’s groundbreaking work is preserving historic NASA space legacy data while, simultaneously, galvanizing NASA’s initiatives in global mapping, sustainable energies, green initiatives, and disaster preparedness. Dr. Cagle was the advisor for the Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research Program (CRuSR). Previously, Dr. Cagle served on faculty as the NASA liaison and VP for space exploration technologies with Singularity University based in Silicon Valley California.

Dr. Cagle was a Brussels TEDx Speaker for 2012. Dr. Cagle earned a PhD for her accumulative work in Health and Human Science. Historically holding adjunct professorships with Stanford University, UC Davis, and UTMB, Galveston, Dr. Cagle currently, in collaboration with NASA, was a Visiting Professor at Fordham University investigating mitigating neurocognitive countermeasures to optimize long duration space crew behavioral health and performance. Currently, Dr. Cagle is advising on deep space neurobehavioral research and polar analog simulations for NASA’s exploration missions.


11:45 a.m.
Event doors open, heavy appetizers available.
Poster session, international art exhibit &
Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame portrait gallery.

1:45 p.m.
Symposium introduction & Women in Science Network story.
Historical figures in science portrayals.

2:05 p.m.
Opening Remarks & Introduction.

2:20 p.m.
Dr. Yvonne Cagle Keynote, followed by Q&A.

3:20 p.m.
Transitional Remarks.
Historical figure in science portrayal.

3:45 p.m.
Break with light appetizers, wine/coffee available.

4 p.m.
Career Issues speakers and round table breakout discussions:

First Generation Students
Sandra Quackenbush, PhD – CVMBS Associate Dean of Academic & Student Affairs, CSU

Gender Equity in Science
Danielle Adney, PhD – Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine Student, CSU

LGTBQ+ in Science
Maggie Hendrickson, MA – Assistant Director, Pride Resource Center, CSU

Mentor-Mentee Relationships
Kimberly Cox York, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, CSU

5 p.m.
Closing Remarks